Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Discord's Apple Trailer

Book description from Amazon:
Comic book writer Evie Walker bases her stories roughly on the political upheaval occurring around the world. With her father dying, she returns to Hope's Fort, Colorado, where she grew up. She has never really thought much about the storage room in the basement of the Walker family home. Now she does. Taking a page from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Vaughn creates a tale in which the storeroom is a gateway to another realm that contains such fantastical items as Excalibur, Cinderella's glass slippers, and the Apple of Discord that touched off the Trojan war. Set against a backdrop of coming apocalypse, the story jumps from glimpses of the ancient Greek past to Evie's world that is being torn apart by politics and war, then to the history of the Walker family through the ages. Those strands are woven into a tapestry that may satisfy both the reader who enjoys emotional depth in characterization and those fascinated by world mythology and fairy tales.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

A Timely Vision

A Timely Vision is the first book in Joyce and Jim Lavene's new Missing Pieces Mystery series. Most of the action takes place in a small town called Duck in North Carolina. Mayor Dae O’Donnell has a talent for finding things. Her ability is referred to as pyschometry but I'm not sure that's what it is. She touches people when they are thinking about they lost and she sees where it is. Dae does seem to get “vibes” off objects but nothing concrete about their history or owners.

Miss Elizabeth and Miss Mildred are 90-something sisters who have a very tempestuous history. Elizabeth stole Mildred's man back in the 30s and she's never forgiven her. Does matter a lick that said man, Johnny Simpson, left Elizabeth high and dry 40 years ago.

Here's where things get confusing. Yes they are sisters. Yes, they are the surviving members of their family. Mildred says some really vile things about Elizabeth in this book. But, the whole mystery is set in motion by Miss Mildred asking Dae to find her mother's watch. She'd recently lent it to Elizabeth and it was not returned.

This is where things fall apart for me. We are “told” that Mildred actually loves Elizabeth but all of the stories about the two of them all revolve around how much Mildred hates her sister. When Mildred is suspected of killing Elizabeth there are few people who don't believe it. I just don't see her lending her watch to her sister in the first place. And yes, it is important.

This is a nice little paranormal cozie. The characters are just whacked enough to be fun, although, at least two of them annoyed the heck out of me. There are plenty of alternative suspects to run down. The final solution is a bit lame. I'll say no more.

I don't know if these people are interesting enough to sustain a series. I guess I'll just wait and see.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Seer of Shadows Trailer

Book description from Amazon:
Horace Carpetine does not believe in ghosts.
Raised to believe in science and reason, Horace Carpetine passes off spirits as superstition. Then he becomes an apprentice photographer and discovers an eerie—and even dangerous—supernatural power in his very own photographs.
When a wealthy lady orders a portrait to place by her daughter's gravesite, Horace's employer, Enoch Middleditch, schemes to sell her more pictures—by convincing her that her daughter's ghost has appeared in the ones he's already taken.
It's Horace's job to create images of the girl. Yet Horace somehow captures the girl's spirit along with her likeness. And when the spirit escapes the photographs, Horace discovers he's released a ghost bent on a deadly revenge. . . 

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